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How to find work in different states

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Hi all. I live and work in a great area of Northern Michigan. In the summer, which is almost here, it is great. Lots of sun and beaches; the restaurant is slammed and I get all the hours of work I want. However, around September or so I'm going to be looking to move somewhere that is warm and doesn't have snow. I'm thinking Florida or Southern California. The problem is I've never been to either place and as the summer is coming I won't have time to visit either place.

My question is if anyone knows how to get jobs in different states or cities where you've never actually been. I could just show up in those towns and mostly likely get a job working the line. I've been a line cook for ten years at reasonably high end restaurants and feel I can keep up on any station with classical French cuisine. Has anyone done anything like this? I know that cooks travel with the sun, at times, but I just don't know how it's done. Any advice would be greatly appreciate.

 

Cook on!

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I've worked as a vagrant chef in Louisiana, Florida, and now Michigan. My advice is simply have a strong resume. Try to keep any job you get for at least a year, or maybe a season if that's your modus operandi. I've been in the food industry for 14 years and I've only been unemployed for 27 days over the course of that time. Keep it up to date and when you respond to emails, use complete and proper grammar. It goes a long way. Florida is easy. Use Craigslist and LinkedIn. They're constantly hiring even when they say they aren't. Most of all, have fun with it and make sure they know it.

Nothing new that most of us don't know.

Good luck!
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